Meaning of “inoculate” in the English Dictionary

"inoculate" in British English

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inoculateverb [ T ]

uk /ɪˈnɒk.jə.leɪt/ us /ɪˈnɑː.kjə.leɪt/

to give a weak form of a disease to a person or animal, usually by injection, as a protection against that disease:

My children have been inoculated against polio.
inoculation
noun [ C or U ] uk /ɪˌnɒk.jəˈleɪ.ʃən/ us /ɪˌnɑː.kjəˈleɪ.ʃən/

a cholera inoculation

(Definition of “inoculate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inoculate" in American English

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inoculateverb [ T ]

us /ɪˈnɑk·jəˌleɪt/

to give a person or animal a vaccine (= substance to prevent disease)

inoculation
noun [ C/U ] us /ɪˌnɑk·jəˈleɪ·ʃən/

[ C ] a cholera inoculation

(Definition of “inoculate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)